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Aug 26, 2012 10:13 AM

Fruit and Vegetables in Miami

Hi, Just moved to Miami around Brickell. Looking for a place to buy fruits and vegetables that are fresh and not to expensive. We are open to buying clubs, coops, fruit and vegetable stands, etcc

We checked out Publix and it was super expensive, very limited and sad looking :(

What about grocery stores for other things or just go to Costco?

Any help would be appreciated!

Thank you!!

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  1. I am interested in what you found expensive at Publix.

    This is the "go to" supermarket for probably most South Floridians. So I'm curious if we are paying a lot more for something than you had been wherever you came from.

    And if you don't like produce prices now, just wait a few months when effects from the drought fully "trickle down"!

    Here are few previous threads on Farmers Markets and the like. Note however down here, winter is when we primarily get fresh and local, not summer.

    Delivery Produce:

    Farmers Markets:

    Hollywood Market:

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    1. re: CFByrne

      Thanks for the links! I lived in California and New York, so am comparing those prices. such prices I found were. 3 avocados for 1 dollar. 3 lbs zuchinni 99 cents, 3 lbs apples 99 cents, romaine lettuce 50 cents, tomatos 3 lbs for 99 cents.

      1. re: buttacup79

        I have had those tomatoes, although I think the Ugly Ripe are better. The best ones are the heirloom tomatoes from Whole Foods or Fresh Market although they are much more expensive.

        1. re: buttacup79

          "3 avocados for 1 dollar. 3 lbs zuchinni 99 cents, 3 lbs apples 99 cents, romaine lettuce 50 cents, tomatos 3 lbs for 99 cents."

          Buttacup, I was asking about prices you paid now - not in the 1950's!


          I'm afraid if you are looking for anything like that today, you are going to be disappointed, unless perhaps you find one of the places that's unloading food about to spoil - and they do exist.

          Otherwise, I suspect If you're paying those prices, either crop workers, farmers, distributors, retailers, or all of the above involved will soon be broke / out of business.

      2. Welcome to Miami. Our produce selection is invariably bad, overpriced or both. Publix is an abomination. Locals have been brainwashed into loving it for reasons I have yet to understand. Any supermarket that pre-shrinkwraps its produce should be avoided yet people here love Publix.

        That said, your other choices around Brickell, actually further south in Coconut Grove, are Milam's which is halfway decent and Fresh Market, which is decent but expensive. Your closest Costco will be on Biscayne Blvd around 140th St. Prices for produce there are marginally better. There's a large kosher section.

        As for alternative methods of procuring produce there's a couple of CSA's that deliver on weekends. Redland organics is one (see link below). The growing season here is the opposite of the rest of the country. We begin planting in September so that by November tomatoes, greens, strawberries, etc. are going strong. Nothing grows in the summer except tropical fruits (mangos, lychees, etc.).

        Farmers markets here are incredibly lacking. This time of year is rough because it's not really growing season. The best ones are Pinecrest Gardens on Sundays and, closer to you, the Urban Organics one on Saturdays. The former is a mix of farmers, purveyors and a whole lot of people just reselling wholesale produce (you'll see that a lot). The latter is tiny but all booths carry local produce, etc. (there's Miami-made fresh sausages and jerkeys that are phenomenal).

        When the weather gets better you can make a daytrip to Redlands/Homestead which is where the bulk of farms are. Hit up Robert is Here, a fruit stand at the entrance to the highway that leads to the Florida Keys. There's also a group of Dunkers (German Baptists) that come down in the winter and open a farm called Knaus Berry Farm. People trek from all over for u-pick strawberries and other produce and for ridiculously good cinnamon rolls.

        Enjoy Miami. It's a great, quirky place.

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        1. re: lax2mia

          Everything here rings true except that I don't know anyone who loves Publix.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Agreed with both. My Whole Foods in Pinecrest has been turning out increasingly sweet fruit, so somebody is picking wisely.

            And for all else, there is the "Mexican" market on US1 near SW 248. In winter, it is heavily local and all-year round, you can get the cheapest, most pesticide-laden vegetables there.

            1. re: Frodnesor

              I work with lots of people who love it. I can introduce you to some. You'll want to blow your brains out after hearing how much they love the sweet tea and rice pudding.

          2. Yes, Publix produce in general is appalling, and the Dadeland location seems to be the worst of the lot. The Publix in Homestead is the exception, however, especially during harvest time. If you're in a hurry or don't want to go around to stands in the Redlands, you can usually get decent local stuff there and pay the same or less as other Publix locations. Robert Is Here has fair prices, usually, and a pretty good selection, plus he's a stand-up guy.

            I've also done an organic share delivery, where you pick up at a central location. I guess the price would have been fair if the food hadn't all been handled badly. The fruit went bad in two days without ever ripening, and the potatoes looked like they had been munched on by locusts.

            I haven't been to that little farm stand place on US1 near Gulfstream in a long time, but my mom shopped there regularly and said it was a deal. As for the Farmers Markets around town, you can get good stuff, but you're gonna pay dearly for it. I've seen prices as high as seven dollars a pound for non-heirloom tomatoes, which is a little steep.

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            1. re: tangelo

              that place which i believe was next to Mardi Gras Casino is no more-
              It relocated to 163rd Street

              1. re: jpr54_1

                The place i am chatting about is not laurenzo's-this one is located in shopping center with thai restaurant-

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              1. Your not going to find anything that cheap. But two places you might want to try is Laurenzos Farmers market us1 and 163 st(30 min drive), and Food Town over by the Hard Rock Casino (45 min drive), but Food town is more of an asian market but they have regular fruits and veg too.

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                1. re: Auger

                  That Laurenzo's Farmers market looks like post-Cultural revolution China throwback. No decor, flies everywhere, mediocre produce. The owners make it apparent they don't care and neither should you.

                  1. re: lax2mia

                    Lax is right. Laurenzo's "farmer's market" is not a farmer's market at all. The produce is inexpensive, and I'm sure there is some decent produce somewhere there, but you'll have to scour.

                    I agree with the sentiments about publix, but I will say that their hass avocados and garlic heads are pretty good. A hispanic population that depletes those ingredients probably keeps them fresh as they're constantly replenishing. Everything else is average to below average at my local publix.